“ Brand: Marks and Spencer / Available: Magnolia / Lavender / Rose / Iris / Camelia / Type: Bath Cream / Subcategory: Bath Cream / Oil „
I don't often have a bath, I'm far too impatient to wait for it to run so just like jumping in the shower. But when I do have a bath I like a nice bubble bath. Usually I buy Tesco's one but for Christmas most years I get a Marks' cream bath. I love the Floral range of cream baths from Marks and Spencer and have tried most of the fragrances they offer.
This review is for my favourite one which is Magnolia. Although £3 for 500ml is a tad expensive (especially when compared to the 69p a litre for the supermarket brand Magnolia Cream Bath that I buy) I think it's worth it as a treat as compared to the cheap one it's much creamier, you don't need as much, the bubbles last longer and it smells nicer.
The range looks posh, but you expect that from Marks. The bottles of cream bath are tall and thin with a screw top lid shaped a bit like an upside down Tophat. It's made out of see through sturdy plastic, so you can see how much is left- which I like. The label depicts the flower depending on which fragrance it is. My Magnolia bottle tells me that it's 'Magnolia Liliflora' and is 'Moisture Rich Foaming Bath Cream'.
The cream bath itself is creamy white in colour and has a rich and thick consistency. As it's poured under the tap it creates a nice lather and releases a gorgeous smell into the bathroom. I find the fragrance of this really relaxing. You don't need much to get loads of bubbles- a five second pour is plenty so the bottle lasts ages. You can't beat a soak in the bath but this can leave you feeling really dry and wrinkly so a cream bath helps to avoid this and keep skin soft and moisturised and this one does. I feel really clean and smooth after using this and the subtle flowery scent stays on my skin for a while.
It's never irritated me or given me a rash and it doesn't make me itch.
There are many matching beauty products in the Floral Range, I personally like to use the Magnolia Talc after my Magnolia bath.
I would recommend this bath cream for a luxury bath which is middle priced.
5 stars from me.
I have loved Marks & Spencer's beauty products for many years and adore getting a set for Christmas or birthday's. Sometimes I'll splurge out and buy larger bottles of the gift ranges purely because they are both lovely to use and are reasonably priced. Few things can lift my mood more than an invigorating shower or a luxurious soak in my bath with scented candles burning and a book at hand. (Yes it is possible to read in the bath).
Last Christmas I had a floral collection set of beauty and bath products in the lavender range and was thrilled as lavender is a great favouite of mine which I grow in the garden and dry to scent my clothes. To receive it in a nice sized gift set in a sturdy lilac coloured net mesh was a thoughtful gift and long after I'd used the set I still kept the bag to put my miniature bath products in for when I go away. While I appreciate this is a place to review the bath collection I don't see the gift collection as any different, apart from the addition of the hand and body lotion.
What's in the set?
One 75ml bottle of moisture rich foaming bath crème, one tube shaped in a v shape of 50ml of moisture rich shower crème and one tube of moisture rich hand and body lotion. Each is presented in a tidy shape that fits the bag perfectly. You can buy the products separately but there is a great offer on the sets at the moment in the gift department for Christmas and this set is priced at £5 with a buy one get another at half price you can treat your mother, sister, aunty, friend and even pamper yourself at these prices.
Since this category is for bath products I'm going to look at the two in this set, which are the bottle of bath crème and the tube of shower crème. The bottle is a very sturdy type of container and it has a recycle symbol on it as well as the BUAV approved for those like me who care for the environment and are against animal vivisection. The bottle is a tall shape and has a screw turn top, which is almost impossible to tip over.
On opening the bottle you are instantly met with a heady aroma of lavender, which promises a restful experience. Lavender is excellent for relaxation and many people (including me) have some pillow drops to aid sleep. The rich crème looks thick and smooth, and on running under the hot tap releases a powerful froth of lather that is a pleasure to sink into slowly and gently. This states it will cleanse and moisturize your body and you soon feel it beginning to do its work as you dream of rocking on a cloud of bubbles.
The experience continues on getting out of the bath with your skin feeling smooth and clean without the need to scrub away at dry skin, the crème has smoothed your skin to perfection. The added bonus of a wonderfully fragranced bathroom is a pleasure in itself.
The Shower Crème.
This is in a tube and shaped to fit the gift bag. It's made of the same plastic as the bath crème and has the same symbols, easing your mind that you can safely use this whole range, despite your personal preferences as to scents, it is all the same packaging.
I like to stand this on end when getting into the shower. It's very sturdy and stands easily at the side of a bath or on a shower tray, allowing you to pick it up with ease, it doesn't tip over.
I usually squeeze a small amount onto a bath sponge or squeegee; it lathers quicker this way and soon covers your whole body. A little goes a long way with this so I'm very careful using it (and any other make) sensibly so it doesn't pool around my feet and affect my balance, which is very poor. You don't need a lot anyway, but for quickness sometimes a shower with this is almost as good as a long soak in the bath and uses less water.
This whole range is luxurious and at a sensible price, enabling you to make every bath-time a sheer pleasure. Use the crème at night for a gentle soothing sleep. Or before a stressful day to keep you calm. Either way it's a treat for you and everyone around you, and you'll be getting complements on your lovely 'perfume'.
This is a real favourite of mine and proves that cheap isn't nasty or boring, packaged in a top rival name you wouldn't know the difference.
Thanks for reading.
©Lisa Fuller 2011.
My favourite bath cream for the last few years has been Marks and Spencer magnolia . For some reason this is usually quite easy to find in boot sales, in a fresh unopened condition, which is how I came to know and enjoy it. Its rich, smooth ,with a warm and floral fragrance, somehow you can tell as you step into the bath that its not one of the cheaper products around, and wouln't be seen near the value range counter, its too silky and luxurious.
Anyway I became a bit addicted to it, which is why it usually features on my wish list for Christmas. But, you may know how it is, my family like to try something else which they feel is better or easier to get, not necessarily less expensive, but not quite what you desired but this year my granddaughter did me proud (and she's only 7).
I got a gift box of 6 x 75ml floral collection bath creams, these are Camellia, Lavender, Rose, Iris , and 2 ,yes 2 magnolia, someone must agree with me that its the nicest. The only one that I haven't previously tried is Iris, this has a nice fresh scent. These came in a cardboard recycleable cotainer with a non recycleable plastic window. (Sorry but our household has become a bit obsessive about recycling following new council directives,but its all good). the actual bottles are made from a recycleable type of plastic.
The bottles have been slightly redesigned recently,the label seems a little brighter, and features a picture of the flower involved, the main difference is in the lid, which has a flat round top now, but thats neither here or there really. Each 75ml bottle lasts for about 3 baths, unless you are very sparing. The creams are all a gentle white colour. The fragrance is very noticeable as you run the bath, but after getting out will not be obvious, or interfere with that perfume you had for Chistmas. Due to the cold weather I have been bathing rather than showering in the morning, it heats you up for a while. Even if needs must you have to step outside afterwards.
The bottle label states that one should avoid contact with the eyes, and if that occurs to rinse well with warm water. Have not found this to be a problem. The label states the product is made in Thailand. For some reason this surprised me, as naively I assumed M&S products were made in Britain. I hope and expect that the workers in Thailand are paid a fair wage, corresponding to that of similar British workers. Do they?
Anyway thankyou for reading my first review for a while, I hope to get back to reading yours, which are always interesting and enjoyable . Iwould recommend this product, and find that M&S are very good at nice affordable gifts these days.